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Synesthesia and thinking differently

Adam discovers that sculptors and painters really do think differently to the rest of us, and he meets a man who can taste sounds.

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Sun 27 Aug 2017 06:31

Experiencing the world differently

It may come as no surprise that people who make a living designing or interpreting the world around us, think differently from the rest of us. Using a novel technique, a scientist in Bangor has shown that painters, sculptors and architects describe images and spaces in far more elaborate, detailed descriptions than people in unrelated professions.

And it got us thinking, here on Science Café, about how your career may well change the way you think.

So Adam Walton talks to Dr Thora Tenbrink, a researcher involved in this fascinating cognitive thinking study by Bangor University and the UCL. Thora helped devise the  Cognitive Discourse Analysis methodology. We also hear sculptor Diane Maclean and architect Ruth Dalton give their views on the subject.

Adam also chats to a synaesthete – a group of people who definitely thinks differently, because  their senses are linked together in the brain. James Wannerton is the president  of the UK Synaesthesia Association. He can taste sounds. So can you guess what Adam's voice tastes like?



  • Tue 22 Aug 2017 18:30
  • Sun 27 Aug 2017 06:31

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